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When “Why Not?” Pays Off, Literally

When "Why Not?" Pays Off, Literally

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who ask “But, why?” and those who ask “Why not?” When we last advertised for an opening at Matchmaker Logistics, we had the good fortune of interviewing a pool of really talented candidates. We’re told time and again that our interview process is one of the most difficult candidates have ever experienced, and that’s intentional. We spend a lot of time getting to know prospective employees so we can find the perfect fit for our team. I’m happy to say that with Charlotte Lickfeld, we succeeded. I distinctly

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Bigger Is Better

Bigger Is Better

Recently, Dale and I swapped out our 48-inch TV in the living room for a 65-inch TV. If you’re a member of a TV-loving household in the golden age of Netflix, Prime, and Hulu, you know what we did next: we moved our old living room TV into our bedroom, swapping out our good ol’ 32-inch for the 48-inch. It took us a while to afford the bigger screens TV. When they first came out, our budget looked more like this: But over time, prices dropped and now I’m far from alone in my

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A Superhero Goes To Kindergarten

A Superhero Goes To Kindergarten

In the logistics world, we are surrounded by everyday heroes. When disaster strikes, our teams step in to provide emergency support and deliver supplies far and wide. Of course, we take our inspiration from the heroes we come home to as well, like Liam, the son of Laramy Gregory, who works with one of our carrier customers. Just before his second birthday on September 30, 2015, Liam had a stroke and was rushed to the hospital. There, doctors discovered his heart was enlarged, and he would need a transplant. A few months later, on Christmas Day, Liam reached

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Stranger Things Have Happened

Stranger Things Have Happened

Cable, satellite dishes, and even TV sets are slowly vanishing from American homes. They’re being replaced by tablets, desktop computers, game consoles, Rokus, and even cell phones. Almost everything can be streamed on any kind of screen. At our house, we use the Amazon Fire TV stick. Thanks to smart televisions and internet access, we have access to several different streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. It’s amazing how these streaming companies have changed the way we consume entertainment. Little kids no longer know what a commercial break is. And, phrases

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What It Takes To Be A Dispatcher

What It Takes To Be A Dispatcher

In our industry, we spend plenty of time praising our hard-working truckers and loyal customers. Dispatchers, on the other hand, tend to get our attention when they’re not doing such a good job. After all, we rely on dispatchers to keep shipments on time and to please everyone simultaneously – truckers and clients alike. When they’re not on their A-game, we notice! It takes a unique skill set to do this work. Here are the 7 traits I think matter most. A great dispatcher: 1. Understands the trucker-dispatcher relationship. Great dispatchers know that they’re part

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Shots ‘n Showers

Shots 'n Showers

As most of y’all know by now, I’m a proud mama to two wonderful young men. My oldest, Denver Jr. (grandson to Denver and son to Denver Dale), turned 21 yesterday. It’s amazing how the milestones keep flying by – it feels like just yesterday Denver got his driver’s license, and a moment later, he was graduating from high school. While some mamas would be worried sick the night of their son’s 21st birthday, I wasn’t because he spent the day with me and Dale. Denver and Dale stayed up late on Saturday night,

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Changing the Tides on Plastic Pollution

Changing the Tides on Plastic Pollution

I try to never lose sight of just how lucky we are to live a few miles away from the pristine beaches that surround Wilmington, NC. Locals in this area are blessed to have some of the most gorgeous, well-kept beaches on the East Coast, thanks to regular beach sweeps led by a number of committed nonprofit organizations, like the Surfrider Foundation and the Plastic Ocean Project. Last week, at a Rotary Conference, I had the pleasure of hearing the Executive Director of the Plastic Ocean Project, Bonnie Monteleone, give a talk about her research and conservation efforts.

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My First Weekend of Camping Capers

My First Weekend of Camping Capers

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I am not your typical sleep-in-the-woods-camper. I’m a glamper. This year, I thought Dale and I had all of our bases covered for a camping trip we’d both love – especially with the purchase of our new (to us) luxe camper. But, of course, our first trip with the camper went about as well as our previous adventures. On Friday, we arrived at our campsite around 7:00 pm to learn the entire campground was without power. Our camper has no generator, we could only turn

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Just Call Me Glamping Queen

Just Call Me Glamping Queen

As y’all may remember, my husband Dale and I have a habit of getting into misadventures, like the time we flipped over our new pontoon boat in the middle of game day traffic (whoops!). We live in the present, which means sometimes hard-earned wisdom shows up a few seconds too late. As if we didn’t learn our lesson from last year, we recently invested in yet another tow-behind toy: a camper!  Why now, just after I’ve officially become debt-free? For good reason, of course: The camper was a gift to ourselves to celebrate our wedding anniversary. On May

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The Merry Month of Maycember

The Merry Month of Maycember

Ah, May! I’m sure I’m not the only parent thinking: ‘Thank goodness the school year is almost over!’ While this milestone definitely calls for celebration with graduation ceremonies and awards banquets galore, there’s also a lot of stress, shopping, and schedule-juggling this time of year. Thankfully, though, my daughters, Emily and Chloe, are total rockstars when it comes to time management. (Of course, they’re not the ones driving to all of these events!) Just trying to remember everything on their to-do list wears me out. They’re heavily involved in our local children’s theater and both

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